Scratch Beer 43 - 2011 | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 43 - 2011Scratch Beer 43 - 2011

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are still playing with IPAs because hops make us very happy. An American-style IPA, coming in at 85 IBUs and generously hopped with Bravo, Chinook, and Cascade varieties.

Added by orangesol on 03-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an older ipa, so take this review for what it's worth...

Clear straw color, nearing gold. Average sized white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Floral perfume notes in the scent with a bready malt backbone.

The dominant hops are floral with a dash of orange. It's pleasantly bitter with dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a little chalky and dry with decent carbonation.

A decent IPA that I wish I would have had fresh.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a pint glass. Sampled 7/22/11. [Yikes. Didn't realize Scratch 43 was first released 4 MONTHS ago. Why the fuck did a local bar sit on this for so long?]

A: One finger of foamy snow white head with good staying power - and plenty of rushing bubbles to keep it afloat. Relentless. The body is clear and golden yellow in color. A healthy amount of lacing is left behind.

S: Nice hop intensity for being so old. Some citrus probably faded as the piney and floral notes stand out a little more. As the beer warms, however, grapefruit and citrus aromas begin to pull through.

T: Nothing stands out flavor-wise but pretty solid on the palate. The ABV wasn't listed on the menu but my guess was 6.5% (BA says 6.7 and early reviews quote as high as 7% ABV).

M: Standout characteristic of the beer. Aggressive bubbles keep the mouthfeel lively and add to the dry, timely finish.

O: Decent - even at 4 months.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of tropical fruit with some grass from the hops mixed in. I get a lot of papaya and pineapple notes, as well as some biscuit malt.

The flavor is more of the same. The orange, pineapple and mango notes really stand out, as does a little bit of grass. The biscuit malt is also present and keeps the bitterness fairly low, even though there is a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly cloudy amber colored beer with a finger of head that left some moderate lacing on my glass.

S - Not a ton of hops on this, actually get some sweet pale malts and banana. Not bad, just unexpected.

T - Some citrus, a little sourness, pale malts, little bittering hops presence. This is fairly easy to drink, although it seems to have some sort of metallic ting to it.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Another fairly forgettable Scratch series beer. Wasn't bad, wasn't good, just kind of there.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from StormKing47. Thanks Josh!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that had staying power and left a few globs behind.

S - the aroma is earthy, dirty citrus rind.

T - some earthy flavors upfront with a bunch of tart bitterness finishing things off.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - not for everyone but a slow sipping beer that sort of grows on you.

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Photo of grover37
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey. May 2011. From notes.

Appearance (4): Light gold with straw edges. Off white, one-inch head which reduces to a patch. Heavy lacing at the top but not much elsewhere.

Smell (3.5): Spicy and pine or spruce. Light lemon with a touch of passion fruit. A bit toasty but no crystal.

Taste (4): Slightly bitter. Lemon, pine, and grapefruit. Bitter through the middle with spruce and citrus. Really bitter finish with a lingering citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Coating and dry. Light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Fruity and tongue drying.

Overall (4): Pretty good IPA that stands out for its uniqueness. Almost belgian-esque as it is nice and dry.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Drafting Room

A- pours a cloudy shade of gold with a two finger one head. Looks real good

S- the aroma is of citrus, though it's very weak

T- getting a lot of citrus and pine out of this one. It starts off pretty sweet, and the finish is bitter

M- nothing special, par for the course

O- very drinkable, but might be a little too sweet

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to OWSELY069 for this one
Troegs Scratch Beer #43 - India Pale Ale

Appearance: Bright straw with a chill haze, huge pillowy froth with excellent retention. Sporadic lacing.

Smell: Very mild nose, a whiff of delicate hops, slightly herbal. Bready malts are about all else that stick out.

Taste: Quite nice, hops come out of nowhere in comparison to the nose. Solidly bitter, which lasts the duration of the experience. Hops come off herbal, earthy, and medicinal with a touch of aspirin being noted. Mild grapefruit rind. Alittle tea like in the finish. The IBUs on this sucker have to be in the 90+ range.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Strongly carbonated, finishes clean.

Overall: Body so light, and hop profile somewhat noble, leaving a hopped up pilsner like impression. If you asked me, I think the bittering hops used are distinctly American, with alittle German influence, Im picking up Hallertau as well. A good option if Troegs is looking at unveiling an IPA into their regular lineup.

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Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st beer post Warrior Dash [not counting the free Coors light..]

A ~ a bright, golden yellow...somewhat murky looking with very little lacing the glass

S ~ light hints of floralness, pineapple, resiney...some piney hops...

T ~ grapefruit, a quick bitter bite on the back...kinda tart-like... refreshing ipa

M ~ smooth and creamy....goes down body needed this one :)

0 ~ pretty good. I've enjoyed several different brews from Troegs and this one's quality is right up there with the rest!

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Photo of afksports
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out this glass while sitting down to read Game of Thrones, which - if you haven't heard - is the best book and show ever. Can't wait for tonight's episode!

That said, this beer looks great. Troegs Scratch 43 IPA has a sexy fluffy head, clings all over the glass, and it's only drawback is that it's almost a straw color. It's a very light IPA, and not clear either, so it's somewhat confusing. Looks like a pilsener.

The smell of it is a bit indistinct, malted barley and... sand? I'm getting some seawater, some light bready notes, and floral notes from the hops. Not too much citrus to speak of as I would have expected. The taste follows suit, with everything being very lightly pronounced. Floral hops give way into pale malt, and a crisp finish dries a bit, but remains drinkable. Now I get the light appearance. This is a light beer. It reminds me of Sweetwater IPA.

The only drawback of it being so light is that it's 6.7%, so maybe it shouldn't be that light. Maybe it should say "hey guy, take it easy there. Don't drink 6 of me."

Which is about what I would do with this IPA if I were going to King's Landing. Or Harrisburg.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed orang amber color, firm cap of white head, little retention. Very floral nose with touches of grapefruit, very light malts. First sip is quite pungent and bitter, grapefruit dominant, softens into floral notes, malt is very light on this one. Medium bodied, dry and lightly oily. A decent IPA, not overly memorable, but good none the less.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy a generous trader.
A: Slightly cloudy amber with constant bubbles and a solid one-finger white head with lacing.
S: Citrus peels and wheat with yeast, honey and bananas; not very powerful, but pleasant. This smells more like a pale ale than an IPA.
T: Again, a relatively mild flavor with a metallic and citric bitterness like orange peels. It is nearly dry in the finish, with almost an astringency and a kind of aged cheese character. All right.
M: Moderate body with a frothy carbonation and a metallic crispness on the finish.
O: OK. I was expecting much more from a one-off IPA. It is mostly bitter with little hops flavor and aroma.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I acquired this Scratch 43 IPA through a trade with a PA BA. The beer pours a clear straw yellow with a thick, rocky white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface, leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass. As the bottle emptied into the glass, some yeast on the bottom clouded up the beer.

The aroma has lots of citrus hop notes with lemon and grapefruit being the strongest.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry, with a strong carbonated snap on the tongue. The flavor is full of hoppy lemon citrus, with a touch of grass and pine. There's enough sugary malt sweetness throughout which balances out the hops. It finishes dry mildly bitter, with a lingering lemon flavor when gone.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking hoppy IPA. Not too bitter and very tasty. However, I thought the carbonation was a bit high. It's very fizzy on the palate.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

Poured a light orange amber, much brighter then I actually thought it would have beeVery hazy and cloudy with some sediment floating in the bottom, and that is always good. A big two inch plus head formed on the top right away and hung around for a good lng while, when it finally did decide to up and fade, it left behind a ton of gooey sticky side lace that stayed throughout the session.

Aroma was super bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit here, and very light. It had that sparkling kind of smell, Some ligh sweetness starts to carry though as it warms, however this a total hop bomb, it was so astringently bitter that you could not smell much else then fresh, blow your mind citrus hops, really starting to get a good feeling on this one at this point… Huge, and I mean HUGE, bitter citrus hop taste. Lots of grapefruit, with even a hint of lemon mixed in. Some orange peel as well. Very fresh taste, it was almost like it was dry hopped it came off soo fresh. Nice little sweetness in the back, and a long drawn out dry bitter finish, lots of fresh cut grass, plant like taste in the finish, defiantly fresh hops.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for hooking me up with this one.

A-Crystal clear pale god with a huge frothy white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S-Floral and citrus hops, nicely aromatic and juicy.

T-Bitter but not overly so. A bit of sweet malt in the front but the hop bitterness asserts itself quickly. Bitter with a strong grapefruit note in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, bitterness lingers nicely.

O-A very tasty IPA. I would be happy to have this as a year round beer from Troegs.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rep from Troeg's was at Mad Mex due to Craft Beer week with a pint glass promotion. Keep the glass buy a Troeg's beer kind of deal. Sunshine Pils, Nugget Nectar, Scratch #43 IPA, Flying Mouflan were you're options, and some damn tasty options at that. I started with a pils, followed by a Sratch series IPA, into a Nugget Nectar (still tasting great). This beer was a bright orange golden color with a fine bubbled billowing white head. Fine even lacing left on my Troeg's pint glass. Aroma was flowing with citrus/pine hop notes a really nice profile actually light biscuit malts. Aggressive hop forward bitterness in the flavor balanced out very nicely with mucho flavor going on. The type of beer that should be welcomed by all hopheads, and it was the type of beer I had to have a couple of. Mouthfeel was medium bodied slightly resinous with hop oils coats the palate with a nice rolling hop bitterness. Overall quality brew that I would love to have more of, I'm glad I caught this limited release from Harrisburg while buying an IKEA kitchen in the Burgh.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bum732 for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Semi-formed rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of strong pine/citrus zest hops and some lemongrass. Taste is interesting. I get the super fresh citrus zest, pine tree, sweet malt like a "normal" but there is an earthy dirt like taste to this beer. Mild hop bitterness coats the palate after each sip. A fairly high level of carbonation makes for a crisp bite. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA and my first beer from Troegs. I am really interested in the story behind the Scratch beers series and I would love to try more of them if I can get my hands on them.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a tulip. Thanks Jason! Pours a hazy yellow/orange with some floaties. Small white head and a bit of lacing. Smells of citrus and pineapple. Out of all the recent Scratch IPAs, this has the most floral and citrus aromas and taste. Nice bitter, but not overpowering citrus flavors. Fairly light mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Wish I had more...

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle to my pint glass.

Light straw color with a mountain of fluffy off whit head. Lacing is prevalent all around my glass. The nose is incredibly faint on this beer. Very light citrus and grass, with a hint of hops. I've been sniffing on and off for several minutes.On my first sip I notice the carbonation. A bit too high for me. Peculiar hop bite. Citrus is light again on the palate, and it quickly gives way to an aggressive hop bite. It is not harsh but it is peculiar. I can feel a little bit of hop oil remaining on my tongue long after I've finished my sip. Rather average across the board and just the way I rated it.

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Photo of number1bum
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks as always go out to Deuane for picking this up for me and my friends.

Pours a pretty clear golden amber color with just a touch of haze. Two inches of creamy off-white head are fluffy and keep quite well, coating the sides of the glass nicely too.

Smell is bright and floral, with a lemon aroma particularly apparent. It has a zesty sort of citrusy quality, with some grapefruit too as well as some grass.

Taste is also very pleasantly citrusy with a nice amount of hop flavor. It's lemony and grapefruity, a zesty and crisp citrus flavor, not overly pithy or bitter, but not juicy sweet either. There is some grassy flavor here too. There is a light malt sweetness, not caramel-like but more like a light pale sweetness with a touch of biscuit as well. Hop bitterness is moderate and it's well balanced for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body, crisp and smooth. It's pretty clean in the finish for an IPA; not a lot of lasting bitterness. Not overly creamy or oily but quite smooth.

Most of the IPAs that Troegs has attempted in the Scratch series to date have been either disappointing or downright bad, so I have to hand it to them this time. This is really a nice beer. Not a super hoppy assault on the tastebuds, but a nicely balanced, crisp and fresh tasting IPA. Not something that a West Coast IPA devotee is likely to go nuts over, but I find it quite refreshing and very drinkable, as well. 38 is still my favorite among the IPAs they have done, but this is a close 2nd. Well done Troegs.

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Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear, golden can see the slow carbonation working towards the top...the head was creamy and white and showed some decent retention...a full laced in an entire sheet

S - Bright citrus hops jump out with notes of grapefruit, orange, and some lemon...the malts are sweet but limited to the background

T - This is weird...the citrus hops have changed to earthy-tasting hops...there was just a quick blast of the citrus right up the earthy hops are in and the malt is trying to make an appearance but no luck...the hops come back in full force and finish bitter with a greenness to them

M - Medium bodied...soft carbonation...this one is very bitter and green...I like bitter, but this is not mixing well on the palate

O - I'll say I still like 39 the best...this one was good...I was surprised to taste more earthiness than citrus after smelling the beer...the bitterness was at a good level (harsh and long) but mixed with the earthiness of the beer kind of turned me off

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Photo of JWU
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from my 2L growler. was filled at the brewery today.

A: gorgeous. deep yellow, not quite amber. Pillowy bright white head. Clear, no real haze to speak of. great thin lacing down my mug. Seriously the prettiest IPA I've seen in awhile.

S: More on the citrusy side than piney. Grapefruit. A hint of the sweet malt backbone that I'm hoping comes through on the taste.

T: Wow, seriously complex and interesting. Initial almost spicey hop zing is quickly balanced by a BIG malt bill for an IPA. Thought that it needed more hop balance, but it has a really late drying/hop flavor/bitter effect. The hop flavor doesn't exactly follow the smell, it has much more of a piney flavor, rather than the citric smell.

M: Medium bodied and carbonated, with a really nice slick feel that Troegs seems to really nail in a lot of their beers.

D: Yeah, I can have a couple of mugs of this. There's enough malt not to tire my palette.

Very nice offering from Troegs.
I hope they decide to bring one of these scratch IPA's into regular production!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and golden, not that much head but thin sheets of nice lacing are present.

Smell is a bit of a pine/grapefruit/pineapple bomb, but not too over the top.

Taste is smooth and hoppy, piney and citrusey, with a nice malt balance.

Feel is pretty rich and smooth, with a lingering lightly bitter aftertaste and a bit of alcohol warming feel.

Drinks well. A nice offering from Troegs!

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Photo of psuKinger
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scratch #43 had on draft at the brewery.

A: pours an incredibly light (almost *fizzy*) yellow hue with a moderate white head that dissipated quickly but clung to the glass nicely. 4.0

S: very citrus. Maybe some mango? And a touch of grapefruit. 4.0

T: for an IPA? Light, smooth, and easy-drinkin'. It won't blow your hair back, but I'd go so far as to say this would be the perfect summer ipa. Taste follows the nose, citrus flavors dominate, with some grapefruit and bitterness on the back end... 4.0.

M: light and sticky, with good carbonation. 4.0

D: very high. I could drink this all day. Awesome stuff. Very quaffable. 5.0

I hope Troegs considers putting this in the regular rotation, perhaps as a spring/summer release? Just awesome drinkability here, I prefer this over Sunshine Pils by a wide margin.

EDIT: I was able to find this brief write-up on the Troegs Website, which provides some "vital stats" about Scratch 43 that some might appreciate:
Scratch #43 is now available in the Brewery Tasting Room. We are still playing with IPAs because hops make us very happy. Here are the vital statistics for the beer:
OG: 16.3
ABV: 6.7%
Malt: Pils, Munich IBU: 85
Hops: Bravo, Chinook, Cascade
Yeast: House Ale
Dry-hopped: Cascade


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Photo of CrookedStill
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have to say thanks to Outchillen for this one.

Pours a hazy golden/straw with a thick white head that slowly falls. I have to agree with a previous review that it resembles a pilsner.

Smells amazing! Faint fruit/citrus notes first but a bright pine/grassy aroma dominates. Honestly, it smells like a beautiful summer day outdoors.

Hops hit the palate right away. Much like the aroma, there's a pine bitterness that's mildly dry. The bitter bite is really well balanced with a mellow sweetness that doesn't take anything away from the hops. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering lemon like bitterness.

For it to have such a light body it has a very creamy texture. Again reminds me a pilsner. Crisp with a medium carbonation really accentuates the grassy/pine hops. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

I really enjoyed this beer. Wonderful balance between sweetness and bitterness. Crisp and surprisingly refreshing. It has one of the best aromas of any IPA I've ever tried with a taste that doesn't disappoint. Although there were certain aspects that reminded me of a heavily hopped pilsner, that's just a matter of semantics and takes nothing away from the overall enjoyability of the beer itself. I'm glad I had the chance to try it and if given the chance would enjoy many more.

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Scratch Beer 43 - 2011 from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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